Advisory Board

The role of the Advisory Board is to provide feedback of the work and evaluate proceedings. The Board act also as a dissemination channel for project outcomes. This will ensure the relevance of the work and will shift focus on the most needed aspects of the development work. Thus, the Advisory Board has a role in both internal and external communication.

The Board consist of expert in the field of energy and energy effiency:

  • Lorenzo Benini, EC-JRC Ispra, Spain
  • Päivi Laitila, Motiva, Finland
  • Harry Lehmann, German Environment Agency, Germany
  • Gengyuan Liu, Beijing Normal University, China
  • Kozo Mayumi, Tokushima University, Japan
  • Francesco Spano, University of London, UK

Päivi Laitila

Ms. Päivi Laitila, Lic.Sc. (Tech.) works for Motiva as a Head of Unit (Sustainable Consumption and Society) and she is a member of Motiva’s executive board. She has broad and versatile experience of R&D, project management, communication and leadership. Her professional experience includes especially energy efficiency, resource efficiency and sustainability on different sectors as in buildings, transport, consumers and communities. Ms. Laitila has graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology on the field of HVAC technology and energy economy. After her Master studies she has made studies in communication and leadership, and completed her licentiate thesis on the area of organizational behavior and knowledge management at Aalto University. She has been in charge of the coordination, implementation and dissemination of energy and climate strategies and corresponding programs at the national level. She works actively on the European level as a representative of Finland in energy related directives. Ms. Laitila has worked in many international projects, as a project manager, a member of steering groups and an evaluator of EU financed projects.

Kozo Mayumi

Kozo Mayumi graduated from the Graduate School of Engineering, at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics of Kyoto University. Between 1984 and 1988 he studied under Professor Georgescu-Roegen at Vanderbilt University, Nashville (USA). He is now full Professor at Tokushima University, Japan. His research interests include energy analysis, bio-economics, ecological economics, mathematical models, and multi-scale integrated assessment of societal metabolism. He (co)authored several books, among which The Origins of Ecological Economics and The Biofuel Delusion, and numerous papers in the fields of bio-economics, ecological economics and energy.

Gengyuan Liu


  • Research interests cover Urban Ecological Planning and Waste Management, Energy Economics and System Ecology.
  • Produced over 50 peer-reviewed papers (30 indexed by SCI) on the journals like: Applied Energy, Science of the Total Environment, Energy Policy, and Ecological Modelling.
  • Involved in over 15 research projects.
  • Delivered over 10 oral presentations at conferences, workshops, symposiums, or seminars.
  • Secretary for 18th Biennial ISEM Conference on Ecological Modelling for Global Change and Coupled Human and Natural System 2012; Secretary for PACE 2013 International Symposium on Environmental Economics and Policy in China & 4th Summer Camp for Chinese Environmental and Resource Economists; Session Chair for BIWAES 2015 Biennial International Workshop Advances in Energy Studies 2015: ENERGY AND URBAN SYSTEMS.

Ph.D. School of Environment, Beijing Normal University. Sep. 2005– Jun. 2010
B.Sc. Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University. Sep. 2001– Jul. 2005


  • Associate Professor, Master Tutor, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, China, 2015 – present
  • Lecturer, Master Tutor, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, China, 2012–2015
  • Visiting Scholar, Center for Environmental Policy, University of Florida, USA, Jan. 2011 – April, 2011
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Science and Technology, Parthenope University, October. 2009 – February, 2010

Francesco Spano

I am a experimental physicist. I investigate the properties of the fundamental constituents of matter and of their interactions using detectors that measure properties of particles generated in collisions at accelerators. I am based at CERN the European laboratory for particle physics. At present my research focuses on measuring the properties of the most massive known fundamental particle, the top quark to test our current understanding of the theory and to search for new physics (forces, dimensions) that should explain why the top has a mass that is 3*10^5 larger than the well known electron. In particular I am focusing on measuring how such particles are produced in the highest energetic collisions ever achieved in proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN by analysing the data collected by the ATLAS multi purpose detector.

In my 15 years-experience in particle physics I have given significant contributions to a variety of complementary research activities. I contributed to measure fundamental constants of nature with high precision, like the mass of the W boson, the carrier of the weak force and the probability to produce pairs of top anti-top quarks. I helped commission, integrate and ready the ATLAS detector for the data taking at the Large hadron collider. I co-developed a novel calibration scheme for the measurement of hadrons with calorimeters (the electromagnetic calorimeter played a key role in recent Higgs Boson discovery by measuring the Higgs Boson decay to a pair of photons) and I co-determined the basis of the criteria for validating the data taking based on calorimeter information. I co-led a group that performed the first ground breaking measurements of the probability to produce top quarks as a function of kinematic variables at the smallest distances ever probed before at the LHC and I am still working on extending such measurements.

My expertise ranges in analysing different types of data with a significant use of probability and statistical techniques, from understanding the performance of high energy physics detectors to performing analysis of the large data samples collected by the ATLAS and the OPAL detectors. In this realms I co-led and facilitated the efforts of a variety of groups of different sizes working on detector performance (calorimetry) and physics analyses ( production of top quarks). My interests go beyond particle physics as I am one of two contact for activities in the conCERned for Humanity, a CERN forum where discussions are held about human rights, resource problem (energy, food, water), population.

I share my expertise about top physics by giving seminars and teaching at various Universities. I graduated in Physics at the University of Pisa (2004) and I obtained by Ph.D in 2004 from the University of Chicago. After by Ph.D. I was a CERN fellow from 2004 to 2006 and a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University New York for 2006 to 2011. I then joined Royal Holloway, University of London and I have been a Research Assistant for it until the present time.